How to have an amazing travel experience

You may wonder how to get the most of your trip, how to return satisfied, fulfilled, satiated and amazed by what you’ve seen, experienced, touched and lived through. Before you go, you may gather opinions, read reviews, research the best places to guarantee you an amazing holiday or trip. You may choose to believe the opinion of others and decide what is the best for you basing on their opinion. You may choose to do anything but what the crowds do and go in the … Read more How to have an amazing travel experience

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On burgers and intuition

Lately, a rare thought has been knock, knock, knocking on the door of my consciousness. It was: I Should Eat a Good Burger. I ignored it, to an extent, because I was busy with other things, there was good food in the fridge and burgers had seemed an inappropriate option. Late at night, way past dinner-time, while watching a movie, the thought (now turned want) came knocking again. This time it clearly wasn’t messing around. I had to have a burger. The only problem was … Read more On burgers and intuition

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Endless summer

At the end of October, probably as the last person in Poland, I have finally realized that summer is over. Duh. Even though I do believe that both winter and fall have their own charm, they never were my favorite seasons. Each and every year my way of dealing with loss and saying goodbye to MY beloved season starts with denial. When denying the obvious becomes, well, a little bit embarrassing, I reach a state of anger. I become furious that I somehow missed another … Read more Endless summer

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“Sweet makes you dizzy, bitter makes you healthy” – on wise culinary customs and traditions of Southeast Asia

Although it’s not a big subject on the blog, our travels are also a search for answers on how to eat to stay healthy. At home, I expand my nutrition knowledge and during travels I peek into the plates and customs of local people. I do so to find out what do the communities living close to nature and honoring culinary traditions eat to stay strong and healthy. While at home,  I also ask older people what used to be eaten in the past, what not … Read more “Sweet makes you dizzy, bitter makes you healthy” – on wise culinary customs and traditions of Southeast Asia

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Indonesian cuisine (the good, the bad and the ugly)

It was quite easy to familiarize ourselves with the Indonesian language, at least as far as the culinary art is concerned. Several simple words, such as nasi (rice), mie (noodles), goreng (fried), rebus (cooked), bakar (grilled), sambal (paste, sauce), telur (egg), ikan (fish), udang (prawn), ayam (chicken), sayur (vegetables), etc. were enough to achieve an introductory level of knowledge. Combine one with another and you get the names of popular dishes: ayam goreng, udang rebus or ikan bakar, to name just a few. Gula means … Read more Indonesian cuisine (the good, the bad and the ugly)

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Cooking in the summer heat – Laotian cucumber salad

The record-breaking heat of the last weeks left us with no desire to cook while our thoughts turned in the direction of sun-baked Laos. Laotians, like other nations we visited during our Asian trip, seemed to be unfazed by the temperatures, even standing by the barbecue in 35 degrees Celsius. Luckily, there are also many local dishes that demand minimal or no time spent over fire. Various salads, for example. Laotian dishes can be a great solution for hot days in any climate. We decided … Read more Cooking in the summer heat – Laotian cucumber salad

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On cherries and happiness

This is a story about fruit and about the countryside and happiness. The weekends and holidays I’ve spent outside the city are some of my best childhood memories. Wandering around, tasting every wild plant, running barefoot, rolling around in the puddles and then on sand (so-called crumbling!), lying flat on the meadow, gathering wild mushrooms, climbing trees, steering clear of the serious looking cows, drinking deliciously cold water from the well and last, but definitely not least, picking fruit. Red gooseberries, plums, first sweet-sour “close” … Read more On cherries and happiness

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27 weeks, 192 days, 4608 hours aka the finale of our Asian trip

Contrary to the colorful promo brochures full of permanent smiles, Thailand gave us a rather brutal welcome when we arrived for the first time. We came into the rainy deep south from Malaysia, soaked, and chilled to the bone by the bus fans. Grim and frigid faces awaited us in the wet Hat Yai. No one wanted to help us at the bus terminal and the tuk-tuk driver was determined to rip us off. Waitresses in the gloomy hotel laid asleep over magazines, not willing … Read more 27 weeks, 192 days, 4608 hours aka the finale of our Asian trip

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Good bye Laos

Farewells are not our forte. Before we realize, it’s time to leave and all the plans to “just” try this one more dish / stock up on local coconut oil / take a walk to the other side of that pretty hill etc… quickly dissolve and the only thing that remains of the wonderful place are memories. I mean, how to say goodbye if you don’t know when you’re going to see each other again or if at all? Jumping from one spot to another … Read more Good bye Laos

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The Akha Way

In the mountainous, border territories of southern China, northern Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma live many ethnic minority groups. Some of them still adhere to a traditional life-style, with colorful outfits and unique customs. Many villages and regions tapped the touristic market, maintaining the traditional building styles and putting on traditional costumes for those Kodak moments. Yet, there still are places where guests are a rarity and life goes on according to its old rhythm. We found this in the slightly forgotten Phongsali province of … Read more The Akha Way

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